Mt. Daraitan traverse sidetrip to Tinipak river
Renante MinaMonday, August 12, 2013 48 comments




     Every time we have a social, my climb buddy sir Albert, always promote Daraitan to us, as he said it offers a jam-pack adventures like spelunking, rappelling and river crossing and also as a hiking destination. They always do those when they go there (but take note they have proper equipments and professional guides). visit this link: River crossing, Tinipak river

     I encourage my other buddies to make an event to Daraitan but I remind them that there’s a river to cross and their concern was the unpredictable weather because its midyear here in the Philippines and it’s the months of typhoon. I tried to set it at the month of July but unfortunately some of them are busy with their schedules, so I loss interest because no one’s interested in my invitation. I wait and until they are the one to fix the schedule of the event, and majority of the members agreed the date August 3 and 4.

     I did a research and got an itinerary to other blogs about the article of Daraitan but I can’t find a latest update of the mountain of Daraitan only the Tinipak river and cave spelunking but as Sir Albert said it’s only an hour to hike the mountain so chillax climb lang pala ito just like Mt Manalmon so the only thing we need to worry is the river crossing.

Long wide rough road

     At Shaw Boulevard MRT was of our meet up place, while waiting for the others the konduktor of a jeep asked our destination we said Tanay Public Market we asked how much the fare each person and it is only 53.00 so we agreed with the fare baka kasi lokohin kami sa pamasahe, at 6:00AM we left Shaw Boulevard going to Tanay Public Market almost 1.5 hours of travel when we pay our fare to the konduktor of a jeep wants to charge us 60.00 each, everyone got angry because they didn't explain to us they will charge our bags during the transaction and another lesson was before a make deal you need to clear everything.

     Past 7AM we arrived at Tanay terminal near the public market, I can say transportation in Tanay is not organized and the rate of trike is not fix what you need is "tawaran system" with them, take note 100.00 each person is the maximum don’t agree if they will charge you more than 100.00 pesos and each trike has maximum of 3-4 persons and there is also other option there’s also a monster jeep going to Daraitan that can be found at the back of Tanay Public Market but the first trip is 1:00PM and the regular fare of  jeep is only 60.00, Sir Ryan made a deal to the driver we will pay 90.00 each and we will depart early, fortunately the driver agreed to our offer to him. Because the jeep full or not of passengers at 1:00PM the jeep will leave at the terminal.

     Expect the long rough road going to Daraitan I think only 5percent are cemented after the national road of Tanay. We are thankful that we opted to ride a jeep than a trike because it’s very spacious and it is more powerful in a rocky and muddy steep road. For almost 1 hour of travel time finally we arrived at Daraitan River.

Daraitan river and the mountain of Daraitan


     We crossed the river using the boat and we paid 5.00 each for one way. I saw the wood paddle and I tried paddling, because it’s my first time even for a short distance I enjoyed a lot hahaha because all the boat that I rode was have engine.

Trike going to Barangay Hall

     After we crossed the river we rode again a trike going to barangay hall of Daraitan for only 10.00 each maximum of 6persons in a trike but you can walk I think around for 5-10minutes. At the barangay hall we registered and paid 20.00 each for our registration fee and guide is compulsory, promoting their place as tourist destination for those who loves nature and seeks adventures, the fee of the guide is negotiable.

Barangay hall of Daraitan

Start of our hike

     Exactly 1:00PM we start our hike, after we ate our lunch and cooked the meat for our dinner. Before the ascending part of the trail we asked our guide how many hours we will reach the summit? 4-5 hours it depends on your pacing. Are you kidding? I thought it’s only an hour according to our source.

     What I’ve noticed to the trail was there are more on assault and there’s no station to rest, our guide decided to wait the other behind us and to assemble in a li’l space where we can see the small barangay of Daraitan surrounded by mountains of Tanay.

     There are portions of the trail that are technical and you will encounter some loose rocks, muddy and sharp stones they called it marble in Spanish marmol, commonly used for sculpture and building materials. Fortunately they put a piece of wood instead of rope that serves as holding on a steep part of the trail.

Our guide standing infront of the breathtaking view

Small space of campsite at the summit

     At 5:00PM we reached the campsite, the campsite in the summit can’t accommodate a large group as my estimation maximum of 7 tents and I’m sure there’s no enough space for social at night. The summit is one of the best spot because we witnessed both the sunset and the sunrise although its summit is not a 360 view.

Sharp forms of stones at the summit

Splendid view at the summit

Sunset

Social

     After our social, the rain poured continuously. Unfortunately, the water flowed inside our sleeping mat of our tent, that was the annoying part, long tired wakefulness all night long.

Unexpected sea of clouds and the magnificent sunrise

     Daylight came Sir Ryan shouting good morning banging on my ears, then I heard there’s a sea of clouds, I unzipped the tent and to see if it is true, I rushed and grabbed my point and shoot camera to capture the breathtaking sea of clouds, we are so blessed this is the second time of tropang bangag witnessed a sea of clouds the first one was in Mt. Arayat. Witnessing a sea of clouds for me is unexpected because we are not in high altitude, as I read to my altimeter of my casio watch its altitude is only 700+ masl although not as accurate like they’re using altimeter apparatus, but not far to my watch I think 30-50 meters difference I already tested that to other mountains that I climbed.

Thank you 

Selfie 

Rope segment at the slippery and muddy trail

     At 9:00AM we descent from the summit and to meet Sir Albert at Tinipak river before lunch, descending it is more challenging because of the rain last night fortunately we have a rope, I thought after the rope where they set up, the challenge is already done, but I was wrong after the traditional trail, entering into a new trail exit to Gen. Nakar Quezon, I always complain “anong trail ba to napaka dulas at ang tutulis pa ang mga bato” while walking on the trail complaining the difficulty of the terrain when I step my left foot and slipped on the sharp stone, the cut is excruciating, the wounds continued bleeding and I loss focus on the trail, all I want is to reach the flat surface and to rest.

He is tired

Touchdown at General Nakar Quezon

     Finally at 12:00PM we reached Gen. Nakar Quezon, I noticed a stream flowing to Daraitan River with my excitement I plunged to a cold water of the river and refresh my body. I invited also the others to dip in the river to refresh and have rest to a very exhausting hike, for 30 minutes we stationed in the river because we enjoyed the cold water, we forget Sir Albert waiting us hahaha.

Tinipak river

I feel refresh

Our chef sir Albert

     We sojourned at the nipa hut, luckily Sir Albert has a lot stock of foods and he was our savior for that day because our stock of food for lunch was already empty hahaha. Most of his menu was the Papaitan and the veggie meat mixed with bayoko (edible snail) spread by the Japanese soldiers during the World War II for them to survive in the jungle, according to our guide.

     There’s an issues about the land argument of Tanay Rizal barangay Daraitan and Gen. Nakar Quezon, one of the local explained to us about issues but I don’t want to discuss it anyway, I hope it will not affect to other tourists that will visit the place especially the adventure enthusiast.

The one and only coin on his pocket

     I must say Sir Albert is a celebrity hahaha, the locals around the area they know him because of their Akyat Aral Project of their group because for every year the advocacy of the group they gave school supplies and also they do the food feeding specially at the oppress and the remote areas. I hope someday I can also join one time in their group.

Daraitan river

Watching the rapid flow of Daraitan river

Trike river serious on his driving on the rough road

     We washed-up at the barangay hall for free at 5:00PM left at the barangay and way back to Manila unfortunately the last trip of a jeep is 2:00PM we have no choice but to rent a trike for 100.00 each for 4 persons in one trike. 

     Riding a trike ascending into a steep rough road is so horrific when we were at the steep portion of the rough road the engine of the trike stop then suddenly the front wheel of the trike lift then turn to other direction fortunately the trike driver controlled it immediately because there’s a chance it will roll down on the steep rough road. I strongly suggest if you are in a large group much better to rent a monster jeep than a trike.

     Well said Daraitan has a jam-pack adventures many activities you can do good for the adventure enthusiast like rappelling, hiking and if you are fearless you can try river crossing in a rapid portion of Daraitan river hahaha but not advisable you must have appropriate gear and training.

     Trivia how they get the name Daraitan according to our guides; Dinaitihan ng mga kastila kung saan naman ay naninirahan ang mga katutubong Ita/Aeta hanggang sa naging puntahan na ng mga taga iba’t ibang lugar. Pagyaya na, tara sa Dait o paglapit sa mga Ita kaya tinawag na Daraitan.


How to get there:

  • At Shaw Blvd MRT Station near Star Mall ride a jeep going to Tanay Public Market for 53.00 each.
  • At Tanay Public Market ride a trike or monster jeep going to Daraitan.
        Take note: if you will ride a jeep, the first trip of a monster jeep is 1:00PM the terminal of the
        monster jeep is located at the back of Tanay Public Market and the fare is 60.00 each.

        If you will ride a trike going to Daraitan negotiate first because the fare rate is not fix.    
        Maximum of passengers each trike is 3-4 persons. Please don’t deal above 100.00 each.
        Choose Kawasaki Barako or Honda TMX 155 because it is more powerful engine on the  
        rough road.

  • At the end of the road there's a river need to cross you will ride by boat and you will pay 5.00 each oneway.
  • Going to barangay hall if you will walk I think 10-15minutes, or you can ride a trike for only 10.00 each, and the registration fee is 20.00 each and the guide is compulsory and the guide fee is negotiable.

48 comments:

Albert Thebackpacker said...

Sana ma update ang mga mountaineers regarding sa new summit ng Mount Daraitan, mahirap ma underestimate ang time sa nila sa IT nila..

jc said...

haha!superlate ako xa climb!sencya po ulet!xa uulitin!

Pondering Paodaolei said...

Wana try Trail class 1 hike again,

Arnie Monacillo said...

Umeeemo at sumiselfie na si Unyol..Haha.

**ganda ng mga pics pwamis lalo na ung ilog, at partida maliligo ka na lahat lahat nakasalamin padin? Haha jowk.

Tal said...

ganda pala sa daraitan kaya lang mukhang buwis-buhay para sa isang tulad ko. :P ganda ng pics ng ilog at clouds. :)

I Love Tansyong said...

Astig, parang mas masarap ang mag hike kaysa sa vacation, mas challenging, lalot mga cowboy mga kasama mo

gelaikuting said...

ASTIG! sea of clouds na malapit lang dito... ayos Sir!

Manong Unyol said...

hahaha oo nagulat din kami saka noong tumitingin ako ng mga blogs iba yung campsite malawak pa at grassland. eto ang campsite sa summit maliit

Manong Unyol said...

ikaw ang may sala...

Manong Unyol said...

OO try mo ulit ma'am

Manong Unyol said...

hahaha trippers kasi kasama ko yung mga bangag na tao nakakahawa lang hehehe

Manong Unyol said...

kaya mo yan may exp ka nman sa pag jhike diba try mo to mganda dito...

Manong Unyol said...

ay oo mas astig kapag may thrill ang pinupuntahan lalo na kung stress ka sa work mawawala yan hehehe

Manong Unyol said...

oo nga eh un expected talga hehehe jan ako natutuwa

Billy Palatino said...

Ganda!!!
Nice story sir!! Minsan join po ako sa inyo!!
Mind to invite me please.

-Billy Palatino of http://galaero-escapetravels.blogspot.com/

Joy said...

Grabe ang adventure. Ang layo at ang daming hirap, but it was worth sa ganda ng lugar. Breathtaking mga views:)

Manong Unyol said...

OO naman walang problema sir hehehe invite din kita may event...

Manong Unyol said...

salamat ma'am, sobrang hirap talga underestimate yung mountain kc sabi madali iba na pla yung pinapa akyat hehehe

Mar Unplog said...

ang emo nang ilang mga shots hahaha I like the sun rise with sea of clouds!

Pero nakakainggit talaga mga hikes nyo!

JC SABIO said...

sarap kaya matulog.anyways tanx sa matiyagang pag antay!

JC SABIO said...

haha.sana di cla madala pag sumama sa tropang bangags!:)

byahero ilonggo said...

ganda naman neto mannong unyol!:)

Manong Unyol said...

hehehe nahihiya ako humarap sa camera minsan lang nag seselfie hehehe

clai_loveseventeen said...

hello po. we're planning to there this weekend but because of the weather from this past few days then we decided not to pursue our plans. Nakakalungkot lang because I been there last Aug 9, 2013 with my co-workers sayang lang kasi nde namin naayos ung IT namin, we never thought na 3-4 hours palang ang trek to the mountain so we decided to caving nalang ang river trekking. for that, sobrang gusto ko ulit bumalik dun sa daraitan kasi ang ganda-ganda ng bundok dun. Nice pictures po. :)

Manong Unyol said...

much better po yan na cancel niyo muna ngayon kasi katatapos lang ang malakas na ulan... saka madulas ang trail paakyat ng bundok okaya'y mas malaki chance din baka magka landslide... ingat po lage sa pag akyat...

Manong Unyol said...

hahaha ikaw talga parang wala ka jan ah

steven dela cruz said...

When i saw the cover of your blog i was like "WOW"kasi nahihilig din ako sa travels lately and i know you'll bring us great stories about the places you've gone.

I love the Daraitan river, it's so green. So nature, i would probably ask advices from you kapag pumunta na ak sa next destination ko, i also want to try hiking, i know you'll be a best bud about it. :)

MOre power. Let me keep coming back to your blog ah? :)

PS:

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Manong Unyol said...

thanks sa pagbisita... oo naman just email me regarding sa mga question sana makatulong ako sa mga tanong mo... enjoy sa pagtravel....

shelli bicaldo said...

sir ask ko lang po..is there a part of the trail that we need to use rope?

Manong Unyol said...

during rainy days much better to bring a rope madulas ang trail lalo na kung pababa but it's up to you if you want to bring a rope... but base on our experienced dahil umulan ng gabi napaka dulas ang trail pababa... take note wala pong water source sa bundok na yun at masikip ang campsite summit kaya paunahan po. goodluck sa climb.. :)

Jerome De Los Santos said...

Sir how about private car? is it advisable?

Manong Unyol said...

i'm not sure kung mayroon other route pero ang nakita ko lang kc talga na sasakyan sa mismong barangay hall ng daraitan yung mga tricycle kc tinatawid ng balsa para makapunta sa kabila. try text this number 09273881260 boyet name niya local guide from Daraitan.

Ryan Sanchez said...

hello sir.. great try sa Daraitan.Do you have contact person in Daraitan.
How much is the guide fee..
our heard about Daraitan and this is one of the destination that we included in our 1st quarter 2014 adventure

Ralph Boie Rance said...

gusto ko jan? sama nyo ko kung may climb kaya jan sa daraitan

Renante Mina said...

sorry for the late reply you may contact this number he is a guide in Daraitan 09273831260

clai_loveseventeen said...

hello po! nde po natuloy yung last year na climb namin jan sa daraitan but we're planning to push it na this friday (overnight) po. Ask ko lang po kung ano mas fit and okay kung sa day 1 is deretcho akyat napo then camp side sa mt. daraitan or unahin ang spelunking, crossing of river then camp side sa tinipak river? pls, advise us po. mamats!

Renante Mina said...

hi clai much better uunahin yung bundok then traverse na kayo ng tinipak river then pagbaba niyo doon na kayo mag sidetrip.. pero tanong niyo muna kung meron ng unang umakyat n mag overnight kasi masikip ang campsite sa mismong summit i'm sure di kayo magkakasya doon :-) ingat sa pag akyat.. mga 1,200 ang guide fee

clai_loveseventeen said...

hi po, salamat po sa advise. GOD bless po!

liz demellites said...

gud pm po sir.. we're about to climb this mountain on the 22nd...tlg po bng around 1,200 ang guide? thanks po.. :)
nice photos po, btw!

Renante Mina said...

Opo ganun siya kamahal kaya nag invite ako ng madami para maka less sa expense...

Chris Baronia said...

Hi Sir, question lang po. The trykes which go to/from Tanay Public Market to Daraitan, are they always available? Wala naman po silang sked like the jeeps?

Renante Mina said...

hi sir wala po poro hire sila pero piliin niyo nalang po yung mganda rough road ang daan...

john gabriel cruz said...

hi sir do you have any contacts on daraitan??? coz wer planning to go here ths may

Jan Michael Delis said...

SO LOVE IT..

gil vargas said...

hello madali lng po b pasukin yung cave ng daraitan? were planing kc to hike this coming friday malapit lng b ang cave s tinipak river? thank for the reply.

Renante Mina said...

HELLO GIL sorry pero di nmin napasok ang cave kadahilanan sa katatapos lang ang ulan at mataas daw ang tubig noon kc nagkakaroon ng tubig sa loob ng cave kapag umuulan.. sabi nila madali lang daw pero ayw di ko masabi sau kong madali kc di ko na experience... salamat ingat

Joshua Lunasin said...

Hi Sir,

Nice Blog! Ask lang po, yung P500 po ba na bayad sa guide included na po ba dun yung caving at papuntang river kung san pwede mag swimming? Kaya ba lahat yun in 1 day? Trekking to summit back and fort, then river swimming at caving? Thanks po - Joshua

Justin said...

Advisable po ba umakyat this weekend? Thank you very much.